The Government have opened the books, here's the biggest announcements from Budget 2019.
$1.9 billion into mental health, including a $455 million programme to strengthen frontline services and $40m to suicide prevention
$1.1 billion to child wellbeing to break cycles of poverty and family violence, this includes $265.6m to scrap the need for donations for students from decile 1-7 schools from 2020 and indexing benefits to average wage growth
(estimated benefits to increase from $11 per week from April 2023).
$1 billion into KiwiRail
$1.7 billion over two years to for DHBs (this includes $200m for mental health facilities)
$1.2 billion investment in schools over ten years ($287 million in 2019 for new buildings)
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